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Performance -- Chas Devlin is a gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation. Turner is a reclusive rock superstar. When Chas and Turner meet the impact is both exotic and explosive.

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Writer:
Donald Cammell (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1970 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See them all in a film about fantasy. And reality. Vice. And versa. See more »
Plot:
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Sex and violence in swinging London! See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Fox ... Chas

Mick Jagger ... Turner

Anita Pallenberg ... Pherber
Michèle Breton ... Lucy (as Michele Breton)
Ann Sidney ... Dana

John Bindon ... Moody
Stanley Meadows ... Rosebloom

Allan Cuthbertson ... The Lawyer
Anthony Morton ... Dennis (as Antony Morton)
Johnny Shannon ... Harry Flowers
Anthony Valentine ... Joey Maddocks

Kenneth Colley ... Tony Farrell (as Ken Colley)
John Sterland ... The Chauffeur
Laraine Wickens ... Lorraine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Reg Lye ... Workman (uncredited)

Ian McShane ... Noel - Black Musican (voice) (uncredited)

Billy Murray ... Thug 1 (uncredited)
Anthony Roye ... Fraser (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Cammell 
Nicolas Roeg 
 
Writing credits
Donald Cammell (written by)

Produced by
David Cammell .... associate producer
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Brian Smedley-Aston 
Frank Mazzola (uncredited)
Tony Palmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
 
Makeup Department
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda De Vetta)
Helen Lennox .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kevin Kavanagh .... unit manager
Robert Lynn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Burge .... assistant director
Peter Jaques .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Christopher Gibbs .... design consultant: Turner's house
Peter Young .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Alan Pattillo .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Hannan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Dixon .... costume consultant
Billy Jay .... wardrobe
Emma Porteous .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Merry Clayton .... music player (as The Merry Clayton Singers)
Ry Cooder .... musician
Amiya Dasgupta .... musician
Lowell George .... musician
Milt Holland .... musician
Bernard Krause .... musician: Moog synthesisor
Randy Newman .... music conductor
Gene Parsons .... musician
Nasser Rastigar-Nejad .... musician: santur
Buffy Sainte-Marie .... music performer (as Buffy Ste. Marie)
Russ Titelman .... musician (as Russel Titelman)
Bobby West .... musician
 
Other crew
Annabel Davis-Goff .... continuity (as Anabelle Davis-Goff)
David Litvinoff .... dialogue coach
David Litvinoff .... technical advisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Vanguard Records  through the courtesy of: Buffy Ste. marie performed musically

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug material and some violence (2006)
Runtime:
105 min
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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The films original scripted title was "The Liars", then it was changed to "The Performers" and eventually the more existential title "Performance."See more »
Quotes:
Turner:[reading from a book] "The old man was called, in the language of Persia, Hassani Saba, and his people were called the Hashishi. He had caused a valley between two mountains to be enclosed, and turned into a garden, so large and beautiful his people believed it was Paradise...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in True Romance (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Poor White Hound DogSee more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sex and violence in swinging London!, 3 April 2000
Author: James.S.Davies from London, England

Visually compelling and disturbing look at two diverse sides of 1960s London; the criminal underworld and hippie culture, respectively symbolised by Fox's Chas, the wayward gangster, and Jagger's Turner, a semi-retired bisexual rock musician.

It's Chas' world we are first introduced to during a highly charged furiously paced scene of gangland violence. It soon becomes clear to us that he is not only an outcast to society but also dangerously individual within his own mob circle. On the run from both the law and the mob he takes refuge in a Notting Hill home which he finds is occupied by Turner, his junkie girlfriend, Pherber, and her French lover, Lucy. Tunrer becomes infatuated with Chas' violent charisma and his "vital energy" he himself feels he has lost.

As the title suggests the film is all about performances. Chas is initiated into Turner's underground world of drug experimentation and gender bending. Turner's name in itself is symbolic of the way he tries to play with and turn Chas' psyche around. It is ultimately the "performance" of Turner which brings the two worlds together, as he poses as Chas' mobster boss, Harry Flowers, in a scene shot similarly to a modern day music video.

Some critics had felt the film lost its way once Chas entered Turner's world. Yet surely such disorientation is indicative of how the film successfully explores Chas' own uneasiness in confronting his own subconscious in an alien atmosphere. The film is full of visual flourishes as one might expect from Roeg, who had been cinemaphotographer on films such as 'Fahrenheit 451'. Fox is mesmerising playing out the evolving identities of Chas, whilst Jagger's persona is exhibited to its full potential. Roeg was again to explore the theme of alienation using a rock star (this time David Bowie) in a more literal sense in his landmark science fiction film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.

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